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Old 09-16-2007, 10:21 AM   #1
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oil-based primer only for a fir slab?


I've got a fir slab for my front door that I've drilled, chiselled, etc. I'm ready to paint, but on the little paper that came with the door, it says oil based primer. Is that a recommendation or a necessity? I'm doing red on one side, white on the other. I have grey and white primers, but they're not oil based!!!

I do have a tiny thing of white oil based kilz though, if I do need to use oil based, can I do the whole door with that, then put the grey gripper primer (not oil based) over the white kilz oil based for my red sides?

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Waterbased primers/paints raise the grain of the wood too much, something that would be very undersirable for a new front door.

I would never used waterbased primer on materials like MDF and particle board.

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You really want to use an oil-based primer

You can put the gray latex primer over the white oil primer for your red side
That's a great idea actually
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Cool thanks guys!

Any recommendations on a white oil based primer?

I just started doing the white side of the door with my tiny thing of kilz oil based interior primer, and the stuff dries so damn fast that it's impossible (at my skill level lol) for me to get a good finish. It's like 5 seconds after it hits the wood it's already hardened. I really don't want that on the red (outdoor) side of my door, I can tolerate it on the inside..
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Personally, I like the Ben Moore's Fresh Start
(get the right one though, it comes in latex too)
But the SW stuff is also good
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Coolness, there's an sw down teh street so I'll swing there for some. I guess I may as well just get gray since I've already done the white side..
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...and the stuff dries so damn fast that it's impossible (at my skill level lol) for me to get a good finish.
NTW (not to worry)

That's one of the benefits of good oil base primer, it sands super easy.
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Joeyboy, you had a nice fir six panel door to install, hit all six sides with your primer. Old saying is oil is best, latex still needs to past the test.
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Joeyboy, you had a nice fir six panel door to install, hit all six sides with your primer. Old saying is oil is best, latex still needs to past the test.
hmmm, you said I had a nice fir six panel, are you implying I don't anymore? <sorry I shouldn't post while drinking lol, maybe I missed your point...>
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Is this a six panel, or a slab?

If it is a nice six panel you really should have an airless.
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it's a 6 panel. What do you mean by I need an airless? Why won't brushes do the job 100%?
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lol...brushes will be fine
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LOL, sorry for the had or have thing. not sure what you have done at this point. Fir as cute as yours almost begs to be stained, but it will take paint very well,... it is, a, what ever turns you on thing. I am not a fan of exterior stain. Very short life in the sun ( UV ).


you can do it peacka chew.
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What do you mean by I need an airless? Why won't brushes do the job 100%?
I'm only going by what you said about not getting a good finish!

Brushes tend to wad the paint up in the corners of the panels, and by the time it's cleaned up you got nasty little brush marks. Plus trying to do clean brush strokes between the styles and rails, it never comes out looking that good...to me, anyway.

If you're still gonna brush it, I would recommend a paint extender like XIM.
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Yeah the paint isn't as tight as I'd like in some corners, kinda collected, but I'm sure I'll be able to sand my way outta that! Just take forever to get right!

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